13 Natural Cleaning Hacks Using Baking Soda

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Baking soda is one of my favorite cleaning ingredients to keep in my cleaning caddy. The white powder can be used to clean, deodorize, and freshen a variety of areas and surfaces in my home. And the fact that a pound of baking soda costs less than a fancy latte, only adds to its appeal.

Natural cleaning hacks using just baking soda! 13 ways to naturally clean your house with just one bag/box of baking soda.

Baking soda can be added to some homemade cleaners to boost the cleaning and deodorizing properties, but it can also be used by itself. On its own, baking soda is an impressive cleaning agent.

Today, let’s talk about my favorite cleaning hacks that only require this one powerhouse ingredient: baking soda.  

13 Natural Cleaning Hacks Using Baking Soda

 

Natural cleaning hacks using just baking soda! 13 ways to naturally clean your house with just one bag/box of baking soda.

1. Clean the Kitchen Sink and Remove Food/Grease Build-Up

Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of a ceramic/porcelain sink. (I don’t have experience with other sink surfaces–always test a small area first.) Use a scrub brush or sponge to gently scrub the surface with the baking soda. I love watching the grease and dirt/food build-up magically disappear. Rinse the surface with clean water.

If you’d like to add a fresh lemon scent, mix a few drops of lemon essential oil with the baking soda, and then follow the steps above.

2. Clean the Bathroom Tub and Sink

Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of a ceramic/porcelain bathtub and sink. Use a scrub brush or sponge to gently scrub the surface with the baking soda. As you scrub, the build-up that can occur on both surfaces will lift away, leaving behind a sparkly tub and sink.

If you’d like to add a fresh lemon scent, mix a few drops of lemon essential oil with the baking soda, and then follow the steps above.

Natural cleaning hacks using just baking soda! 13 ways to naturally clean your house with just one bag/box of baking soda.

3. Deodorize and Freshen Carpets and Rugs

Between pets and kids, our carpets and rugs are subjected to all sorts of fun activities. In order to keep these surfaces smelling fresh, I sprinkle them with baking soda (whisked with a few drops of a favorite essential oil, like lavender essential oil), wait 30 minutes, and then vacuum the surface.

4. Deodorize and Freshen Bed Mattresses

Lightly sprinkle baking soda onto an exposed mattress (no sheets), wait 30 minutes, and then use a hose attachment to vacuum the surface.

5. Deodorize and Freshen Pet Bedding

Generously sprinkle baking soda onto pet bedding, wait 30 minutes, and then vacuum the bedding to remove the odor-neutralizing powder.

6. Deodorize the Fridge

Regularly cleaning the fridge helps take care of most odors, but just to be safe I like to keep a jar of baking soda in the fridge. This baking soda helps to neutralize odors and keep them from overtaking the fridge (and other foods). Combine baking soda (1 cup) and a few drops of lemon essential oil in a storage container. Store the container/mason jar in the fridge. After one month, dump the baking soda (or use it to clean your sink or toilet bowl), and create a new deodorizer.

Natural cleaning hacks using just baking soda! 13 ways to naturally clean your house with just one bag/box of baking soda.

7. Deodorize and Freshen Toilets

Generously sprinkle baking soda around the interior of the toilet bowl, wait 10 minutes, and then use a toilet brush to scrub away stains and odors.

If you’d like to add a fresh lemon scent, mix a few drops of lemon essential oil with the baking soda, and then follow the steps above.

8. Deodorize and Freshen Garbage Cans

Sprinkle baking soda (you can mix it with a few drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired) on the bottom of a trash bin to keep odors away. Discard and refresh the baking soda every few weeks. If you don’t want to sprinkle baking soda in your trash can, sprinkle the powder in a small, short cardboard box first and then place the box in the bottom of your trash can.

9. Deodorize and Freshen Sneakers

Sprinkle baking soda in your (stinky) sneakers, let it rest all night, and shake it out in the morning. The odor-neutralizing powder will naturally get rid of the stinky odor. Occasionally, I’ll add a few drops of essential oil to the baking soda, too.

10. Clean and Remove Crayon Marks from Walls

Thankfully, we’re past the scribbling-on-the-wall stage of parenting. In the past, when crayon marks were accidentally added to the wall decor, I would generously sprinkle a wet cloth with baking soda and then gently wipe the wall with the cloth until the crayon marks disappeared.

Natural cleaning hacks using just baking soda! 13 ways to naturally clean your house with just one bag/box of baking soda.

11. Clean and Brighten Enameled Pots

Enameled Dutch ovens are my favorite pots to use for cooking. (I use Lodge Brand.) The pots can be used to make bread, soup, beans, poach chicken, or steam veggies. They’re also beautiful statement pieces. While the outside of the pots may look gorgeous, the insides can quickly go from white to brown (thanks to food, heat, etc).

To clean the interior, I fill a pot with water (about 3/4 of the way full), add 1/3 cup of baking soda, bring the water and baking soda to a boil, and then turn off the heat. After about 30 minutes, I dump the dirty water, sprinkle the wet interior generously with more baking soda, scrub the surface with a textured sponge, and then rinse the interior with fresh water.

12. Deodorize Wooden Cutting Boards

I love to use salt and a lemon to deodorize my wooden cutting boards, but that’s not the only simple formula that will deodorize a board. Sprinkle baking soda onto a wooden cutting board, scrub the baking soda over the surface, and rinse with fresh water.

If you’d like to add a fresh lemon scent, mix a few drops of lemon essential oil with the baking soda, and then follow the steps above.

13. Clean the Bottom of the Oven

Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom surface of your oven, and then spray the surface (and baking soda) with water. Allow the wet baking soda to sit for a few hours, and then use a textured sponge to scrub away the build-up. Wipe the surface with a wet cloth, until the surface is clean.

Natural cleaning hacks using just baking soda! 13 ways to naturally clean your house with just one bag/box of baking soda.

What’s your favorite way to use baking soda to clean, deodorize, or freshen your home?

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6 Comments

  • This might seem like a silly question but when are you adding the essential oil? Straight in the box or after you sprinkle?

  • I would like to tell you that I am the father of a son who is worth two, he always scratches the wall of the house, this tip that you give in paragraph 10 is only to floor in the wall or can be the wall painted to clean?

    • Hey Ralfy, I’ve only done this trick on our painted wells. Don’t scrub hard–the paint could/will come off. And it will depend on the quality and gloss of the paint, too.

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